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tv   ABC World News With Diane Sawyer  ABC  March 29, 2012 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT

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>> we'll see you at 6:00. we appreciate your time. tonight on "world news," tale of the tape. new details in the case that has riveted america, clues hidden in the video of george zimmerman on the night trayvon martin was killed. and americans lining up for hours, stampeding across state lines, all to get a ticket for the half billion dollar jackpot, history in the making. jim avila tours the plant where they make the filler called "pink slime." and big bite. remember this popular video of charlie? >> ouch, charlie! >> we track down charlie today and discover a big surprise.
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>> today all across this country, police experts and the lawyer for the defense will weigh in on the tape that has now become the centerpiece in an already explosive case. it is the tape tracked down by abc's matt gutman and first broadcast here last night, showing george zimmerman on the night trayvon martin was shot. matt gutman is here to take us frame by frame and show us what the tape reveals. matt? >> reporter: that tape reveals things we hadn't previously known about, the state of his face after the shooting. critical. we're also learning it could be used as evidence. it's one of the few images we have from after the shooting. that tape, revealing for the first time the face of shooter george zimmerman, and the hidden clues into what may really have happened that night. taking us into the station at 7:54 pm, barely half an hour after zimmerman shot and killed trayvon martin. zimmerman told police trayvon martin punched him,
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bashing his head on the concrete. the police report notes blood on his head and nose -- and that he was treated at the scene. you see him eased out of a police cruiser. in the garage an officer examines the back of his head. seconds later, zoom in, but you can't make out a gash. his skull does not seem bloody. and this, his shirt and jacket appear unstained. and into this office, his face with no visible signs of blood. although there may be a fresh bump on his nose. we brought this video to zimmerman's attorney. does it look like he's beaten up to you? >> i can't tell anything from the video. >> reporter: we wouldn't comment and seemed unsure if zimmerman had received treatment for his wounds. >> reporter: did mr. zimmerman seek medical treatment? >> that evidence will come out when the case is litigated. >> reporter: earlier, you said he sought medical attention. >> then i've already answered your question. >> reporter: so he did seek medical treatment.
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>> i'm not going to continue to litigate the case here. >> reporter: the funeral home operate who worked on him said martin's knuckles looked pristine. >> i did not see any markings on the body that would indicate to me he'd been in a scuffle or fight. for from the blood-thirsty youth described by zimmerman's father. >> trayvon martin said something to the effect of, you're going to die now, or, you're going to die tonight. >> reporter: whether or not this goes to trial, zimmerman's attorney told me his life is permanentlily changed. he is living in hiding. his reputation is tarnished and he's under constant death threats. >> thank you, matt. and a staggering headline today about autism. a new report for the centers of disease control shows a big increase in the number of american children diagnosed with autism, up nearly 25%. these new number his showing one
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out of 88 children diagnosed with the disorder. in 2006 that number was one out of every 110 children. so what is happening? we asked dr. richard besser to give us some answers. >> reporter: the jump in autism relays a startling increase. ava seemed perfectly healthy until she was 15 months old. but when she didn't respond, wouldn't speak, her mother, chris, knew. >> when i called her name, she didn't turn around anymore. i would walk in the room and she wouldn't notice me. >> reporter: classic signs of autism. nobody knows what causes it but dr. gary goldstein has been treating autistic children for decades. >> reporter: what was it like 20 years ago? >> we had about a hundred patients with autism coming for evaluation and services in a given year. we now have 2,000 active patients. >> reporter: so are there more autistic kids, are we just doing
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a better job diagnosing it? >> i think it's both. there are more cases. certainly more awareness. >> reporter: the cdc numbers from 14 states show that boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. but no one knows why. the good news is more kids are being treated earlier. >> we begin as early as 18 months. after four to six months of early intervention therapies, often dramatic improvements in the ability of the child to communicate and act socially. >> reporter: ava is getting what everyone recommends, intensive specialized schooling, helping her make the most of her world. >> we just heard the terrifying trend of more diagnoses. what's going on? >> clearly there's more screening and diagnosis of existing cases. but we don't know the answer. until we understand what causes autism, it's hard to say why
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we're seeing more cases. >> what should parents do? what should they look for? >> they're the first line of defense. they know their child best. if at six months, your child isn't making eye contact, that's a red flag. if you pick your child up and they pull away, get some help. you are your child's best advocate. >> again, this number is staggering. thank you. now, we turn to something else going on in this country that has everybody talking in a frenzy about the mega millions lottery, half a billion dollars. there were epic lines around the country, showing the lure of the biggest jackpot in the world. here's ron claiborne. >> reporter: with little more than 24 hours before the friday night drawing, mega million mania is sweeping the nation. >> this is unreal. >> my mom will be buying a ton of tickets this week.
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>> i'm going to drop out of school and not work a day in my life. in nevada, these people lined up for hours and crossed state lines into california, just to place a bet on that half a billion dollar jackpot. among the lottery-frenzied, a lot of first-time lottery players, drawn by that mega prize. >> do i do this for one game? >> we have people coming out who have never bought a ticket before, and they see this number, and they think, "gee, for just a dollar, i have a chance at half a billion." it's hard not to take a chance on that. >> $500 million. i want my shot at it. >> reporter: since tuesday's $363 mounds million drawing failed to produce a jackpot winner, nearly 400 million tickets have been sold nationwide. in new york state alone, 17,000 tickets being sold per minute. peak time, morning and evening rush hour. although the biggest frenzy doesn't hit until right before the drawing at 11:00 p.m. eastern time.
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who's playing? slightly more men than women. although women who do play, spend more money than men. for lots of people it's a form of escapism and a way to dream your way out of your current reality. and a bit of good news, all those people snapping up tickets don't change your odds of winning. they're fixed at a lousy 1 in 176 million. i'm at a news stand where there's been a steady stream of people coming in to buy lottery. tickets. the frenzy is speck picking up so much now they're expecting 13 million tickets an hour to be sold. lottery officials are saying it's likely so many people bought lottery tickets that everybody possible combination of six digits has been played, which means that someone has to win tomorrow night. >> all right. interesting to see that man crawling out from behind you, ron. you may not have seen him there.
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we want everyone to know we're going to have special called lotto frenzy. be careful what you wish. it's friday night 10:00 p.m. eastern. today a report that could bring change in the way your ipod and ipad is made. it's lifts the curtain on foxconn. the chinese manufacturr that churns out 40% of the world's electronics, including so many of the apple products we all love. abc's bill weir was the first network reporter to go inside to report on working conditions there, and he tells us what is changing tonight. >> reporter: last month, we walked passed the jumper nets into the sterile production line to get a first glimpse of apple products being born. it took a rash of suicides and two deadly explosions to make foxconn think different about the way they treat their workers. they also welcomed our cameras and the fair labor association to audit the factories and survey 35,000 workers.
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tonight the results are in. they found over 50 violations, biggest among them, forced overtime. hundreds of thousands struggle to keep up with the relentless demand for the latest apple product, most of them making around $2 an hour. while most said the wages are fair, 60% say they don't make enough to meet their basic needs. >> reporter: would you define foxconn as a sweatshop? >> no. >> reporter: did you find any evidence of child labor? >> we did not. >> no child labor. no forced labor. >> reporter: even so, foxconn announces big changes. the fla asks for a 60-hour work week. foxconn is going to lower it to 49 hours, without lowering pay. which means they'll have to build new lines, dorms, and canteens and hire tens of thousands of new workers to keep up with all the lines at the apple store. >> reporter: will apple eat that cost?
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>> social responsibility has a cost. we're asking factories to make significant investments to produce a more ethical product. we've all got to be ready to share the cost. >> reporter: our parent company has strong ties with apple. our ceo sits on their board. also worth noting, steve jobs never visited those chinese factories, but his replacement was there yesterday. apple says, we appreciate the work they've done and fully support their recommendations. our team has been working to make apple's supply chain a model for the industry and that's a big thing. it won't just be apple, the whole industry will have to adjust. >> because of what was reported out of foxconn. thanks, bill. i know you'll have a lot more of your report tonight on "nightline." something we saw today made us want to give you a note about something that happens every day. the bravery of american soldiers on the battlefield overseas, bravery that is so often unheralded. we heard about the death of a
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29-year-old, dennis wykel from rhode island. here is what happened. he was riding in a convoy, spotted afghan children in the road. one little girl darted in front of a truck, he sacrificed his life to push her to safety. sergeant dennis wykel leaves behind three children of his own. still ahead here on "world news," a flash point. >> you don't get it. >> the makers of the beef critics have called pink slime on the defense tonight. standing by their product. jim avila will take us inside the factory where it all happens. if there was a pill to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes,
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today they allowed me to tag along with three state governors -- rick perry, sam brownback, and terry brownstead of iowa -- on a walk through to see the beef scraps that go up a conveyor belt, then through the metal tanks that spin it around, separating the fat from the rest. then through pipes where it's stripped with ammonia gas, then frozen and sent all over the country. until recently added to america's fast food, school lunches and 70% of all ground beef sold in grocery stores. no questions were allowed on the tour, but at a news conference later, the governors went on attack. >> let's call this product what it is. and let pink slime become a term of the past. >> reporter: stung by consumer reaction to the process used by bpi, grocery stores pulled it off the shelves and its makers closed three of its four plants
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for lack of demand. unfair, say the meat producing state who claim it's safe and nutritious. >> reporter: if it's just ground beef, why is it not sold as a stand alone product? >> it's beef, but it's leaner beef, which is better for you. you don't get it. >> reporter: also there the usda food safety secretary, who assured the product is safe. but still would not stop and answer any questions. but we've been asking for three weeks, but she claims a tight schedule. bpi's co-owner tried to stop and answer questions, but was ushered away. >> it's a component of ground beef. >> reporter: an emotional day that ended with a governor's chomping down on burgers complete with the pink slime that critics want clearly identified at their supermarkets. clearly we are here on the
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middle of meat country, the missouri river is behind me over my shoulder. the meat industry is hurting and worried that because beef sales are down all over the country and they are determined for it to return the pink slime to america's grocery stores. >> again, as we said, jim avila in nebraska. coming up, take a look at this chaos on the surface of the sun. tornadoes that are five times bigger than the planet earth. what's going on? that's coming up next. rthritis . a load of new listings... and two pills. after a morning of walk-ups, it's back to more pain, back to more pills. the evening showings bring more pain and more pills. sealing the deal... when, hang on... her doctor recommended aleve. it can relieve pain all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is lois... who chose two aleve and fewer pills for a day free of pain. [ female announcer ] and try aleve for relief from tough headaches.
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here on earth tornadoes top out at about 300 miles per hour. and a towering figure in music has died. do you remember this? ♪ because earl scruggs wrote it with lester flat. he came up with a new way of playing banjo that captivated people everywhere. >> i could get records at 33 rpm, and i would tune my banjo down and pick out the songs note by note and learn how to play them that way. >> even steve martin considered scruggs a hero. but scruggs was always modest, saying, i'm just a country boy from north carolina, never even traveled much. earl scruggs was 88 years old. coming up, two little boys, one big bite. >> charlie bit me.
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charlie is now six, his brother, eight. >> reporter: do you still bite his fingers? >> yes. >> reporter: no? their dad began to realize that 56-second video is as good as gold. >> i had to make a decision. is this something that we do something more with, or is it something we just part with and then everybody else will be exploiting it and making money from it? >> reporter: it's as if the family won the lottery with dad at the pitchman. it's brought them half a million dollars, paid for private schools for the boys. there's even an agent. >> i call them accidental content owners. they've uploaded a video and there they are owning a valuable piece of copy wright. >> reporter: there will be soon be an app and a series of children's books. as for the boys, they're too young to understand how a little
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family moment, caught on video, has changed their lives. >> those teeth look pretty powerful now. no, no, you don't -- exactly, thank you very much. charlie just bit my finger. jeffrey kofman, abc news, england. >> it worked once. why not try it again? we thank you for watching. we're always on at abc "nightline" will be here later. we hope to see you again tomorrow night to close out the week. until then, have a great night. next at 6:00 a promise of better conditions for chinese workers that make apple products. >> and also, the search for a missing morgan hill teenager and question he's raising over how schools handle absent students. >> sunken treasure discovered in lake merit.
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>> and from abc 7 news i team, more problems for a controversial solar project in sonoma county. the $10 million project is not working. >> good evening, every wuchbl i'm carolyn johnson. >> new worker rank problems for apple tonight. >> major changes being promise forward hundreds of chinese worker that's make some of the best-sell prog ducts. the company that runs the plant says it will reduce working hours while protecting pay, improve health and safety conditions and establish a voice for workers. abc 7's david lieu gee live with the investigation that sparked this change. >> this is going to be an important test of apple's commitment to fair treatment of workers in china. neither company can operate without the other. in order to supply ipads and iphones to customers around


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